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Job search guidance_for_the_quality_professional_100409

  1. 1. Job Search Guidance for the Quality Professional Presented by James S. Moore, CSCP Monday, October 12th, 2009 American Society for Quality St. Petersburg-Tampa Section 1508
  2. 2. This is my story… Cheese started moving in 1998 • Downsized in 2000 • Downsized in 2001 • Consulted 2002-2004 – Cofounded Transitioning Professionals • Downsized in 2005 • Career Services Director, APICS-FLWC • Career Ministry Facilitator, Your Career Calling www.APICS-FLWC.org
  3. 3. This is what I have learned… • A job search is a marketing project – The product being marketed is you! – No different from any other project – Use project management tools! • Establish what you want to accomplish – What do employers want? – What is your unique brand? – Quantify your value to the marketplace • Create a plan for conducting your search www.APICS-FLWC.org
  4. 4. Preparing to Market Yourself Project Plan • What’s my purpose in life? – What do you want to accomplish… – What impact do you want to make… – What do you want to be remembered for… • Pursue purpose… – Radically rewarded – WIIFM? – Enthusiastically engaged – Add value to others www.APICS-FLWC.org
  5. 5. Preparing to Market Yourself Project Plan • Understand the product! – Knowledge, skills, values – http://www.CareerDirectOnline.org • How long will your search take? – Functional skills and industry experience • Similar position, same industry • Similar position, different industry • Different position, same industry • Different position, different industry www.APICS-FLWC.org
  6. 6. Preparing to Market Yourself Project Plan • Establish SMART goals – Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-specific • Example: – Become employed in an operations, engineering, or manufacturing management position with a $65-85K salary in the Medical Device or Electronics Manufacturing industry within Hillsborough, Pinellas, or Pasco county before March 31, 2005. www.APICS-FLWC.org
  7. 7. Preparing to Market Yourself Project Plan • Organize your work area • Set up your tracking system – www.JibberJobber.com • Document jobs and accomplishments • Academic institutions – Educational achievements & transcripts • Professional societies – Membership & certification status • Volunteer Organizations www.APICS-FLWC.org
  8. 8. Preparing to Market Yourself Project Plan • Verify job dates and achievements are accurate • Build an accurate salary history • Determine who should be your references • Develop a budget for marketing materials – Introductory & cover letters – Resume – Envelopes & postage – Networking cards • Contact references www.APICS-FLWC.org
  9. 9. Preparing to Market Yourself Project Plan • Create rough draft of resume • Review, refine, and target your resume • Have resume critiqued – http://www.SandraKischuk.com • Develop introductory and cover letters • Design networking cards • Incorporate input from critiques and proofread • Create a social networking presence – http://www.LinkedIn.com www.APICS-FLWC.org
  10. 10. Preparing to Market Yourself Project Plan • Order networking cards – http://www.VistaPrint.com • Compose a 30 second self-introduction – http://www.15SecondPitch.com • Obtain professional job search email address – http://www.Gmail.com • Compile list of questions asked by employers – Formulate answers www.APICS-FLWC.org
  11. 11. Preparing to Market Yourself Project Plan • Compile target list of prospective employers – http://www.ReferenceUSA.com • Compile informational interviews list • Place professional message on all telephones • Verify all office equipment and supplies • Start attending weekly job seeker support group – http://www.YourCareerCalling.org www.APICS-FLWC.org
  12. 12. Preparing to Market Yourself Project Plan • Review, revise, and proofread your resume! • Compose list of questions to ask interviewers • Set daily, weekly, and monthly goals – Send introductory letter to one company – Have one networking lunch – Attend professional society meeting • Track all activities – http://www.highlyeffectivejobsearch.com/findaj ob/progressmeasurements.htm www.APICS-FLWC.org
  13. 13. Marketing Choices: Your Resume • Your resume is a marketing brochure • Markets your assets to a particular job • Persuades a company to interview you • What makes a powerful resume? – Well written document – Assertive marketing tool – Sells your value – Communicates what employers want! • Functional and chronological formats www.APICS-FLWC.org
  14. 14. Skill-Based/Functional Resume • Name, credentials, contact information • Professional Summary • Skills and Achievements • Brief work chronology • Academics, training, credentials • Volunteerism and professional memberships • Bibliography, when applicable www.APICS-FLWC.org
  15. 15. Chronological Resume • Name, credentials, contact information • Professional Summary or Qualifications • Chronological (reversed) work history • Academics, training, credentials • Volunteerism and professional memberships • Bibliography, when applicable www.APICS-FLWC.org
  16. 16. Your Resume: The Solution • Should not exceed two pages in length • Include professional development activities • Describe your volunteer activities • Use industry standard terminology • Use powerful descriptors • Use measurements • 15 to 20 years of experience is sufficient • Personal information is inappropriate • Use all available proofreading resources! www.APICS-FLWC.org
  17. 17. Your References • Your choice of references is important – Knowledge of your experience & accomplishments – Value to the marketplace • Make sure you have your reference’s permission • Name, title, company name, contact information • Avoid using personal references • Should have the same look and feel as resume • Provide reference list when requested • Present portfolio if appropriate www.APICS-FLWC.org
  18. 18. Salary History • Salary information is expected at the interview – Communicate your reservations in a professional manner • Communicate your salary requirements accurately and concisely – Compensation earned by salary, wages, bonuses, etc. – Does not include benefits • Should have the same look and feel as resume www.APICS-FLWC.org
  19. 19. Correspondence Typical Correspondence: • Reference request letter • Informational interview request • Letter of introduction • Cover letter • Interview thank you letter • Removal from consideration letter • Offer acceptance or rejection letter • Resignation letter www.APICS-FLWC.org
  20. 20. Seven Search Techniques • Walking in • Cold calling • Using direct mail • Completing applications • Responding to job ads • Using staffing firms • Networking • Is there a search technique missing? – The internet is not a search technique…. www.APICS-FLWC.org
  21. 21. Internet • Research companies or industry of interest • Subscribe to industry associated blogs • Post your resume on job boards – Local www.jobing.com – National www.CareerBuilder.com – Specialty http://jobs.isixsigma.com – Professional Associations • http://careers.asq.org/search.cfm • http://time2meet.com/asq1508/seekers.htm • Design and create your own website www.APICS-FLWC.org
  22. 22. Career Fairs • Research companies at Career Fair – Rank them in order of importance – Visit in order of interest • Bring plenty of resumes & networking cards – Refine your 30 second introduction – Dress for success – Carry portfolio – Wear name badge • What happens after the Career Fair? – Follow-up www.APICS-FLWC.org
  23. 23. Interviewing • Prepare, Prepare, Prepare… • Types of interviews – Telephone, Behavioral/Stress, Panel • The interview – Application is a legal document – Introductions – Questions you may ask or be asked • Illegal questions • What happens after the interview? – Follow-up! www.APICS-FLWC.org
  24. 24. Once you are re-employed… • Establish a strategic plan for yourself • Always have a current resume • Network at every opportunity • Pursue professional certification • Attend professional association meetings • Continue professional development activities • Create a presentation on yourself • Consistently document your accomplishments • Stay current on industry information www.APICS-FLWC.org
  25. 25. If you’re currently employed… • Always deliver! • Get frontline experience • Build the right alliances • Surround yourself with the best • Look for the gaps, and fill them • Volunteer to fast-track skills and experience • Count to 10… • Associate yourself with something valuable • Get the training you need www.APICS-FLWC.org
  26. 26. Questions and Answers Job Search Guidance for the Quality Professional James S. Moore, CSCP Career Services Director APICS Florida West Coast Chapter csd@APICS-FLWC.org www.APICS-FLWC.org 813.765.5718 www.APICS-FLWC.org
  27. 27. Thank you for attending! Be sure to visit the www.APICS-FLWC.org website for information about upcoming and archived presentations. This APICS presentation is the property of APICS- FLWC, and is protected by the United States and international copyright laws. All rights are reserved. www.apics-flwc.org www.APICS-FLWC.org

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